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Old 11-10-2009, 08:59
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Have any of you quit your day job to focus on hair bow making or doing what you love??

Please share your inspiration story.
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:16
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I did not purposely quit my day job. I was pregnant and on bed rest so all I did was make bows and things.

I was "laid off" after the baby was born. There is actually a longer story but that is for another time. I decided to take my side biz, the bows, out of just craft shows and into local stores.

My bows are sold in 8 different stores within 100 miles of my house.
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:21
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I did not purposely quit my day job. I was pregnant and on bed rest so all I did was make bows and things.

I was "laid off" after the baby was born. There is actually a longer story but that is for another time. I decided to take my side biz, the bows, out of just craft shows and into local stores.

My bows are sold in 8 different stores within 100 miles of my house.
Wow, that's awesome. I wish I could get into some stores so I could quit my jobs. Yes I work full time( 40hrs) and part time from 2-10 hrs a week. Yes I'm tired lol!
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:24
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Oh yeah, to those of you in stores, how'd you get the accounts? Do they buy from you out right or do it on consignment? I just started this year.
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:06
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I cold called the stores and then visited and showed off my products. I had connections so a few stores were easy. I had 1 I sold to for awhile now the others I added in the last 4 months. 3 I added in the last 2 weeks.
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I'm a stay at home mom but the bow business is what i'd consider part time. I spend my days either taking care of the kids and family or working on my business. Nothing else at the moment. I'm so busy turning this into a real thing.
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:24
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I would LOVE to, but I'm a teacher so it's really hard for me to give up the retirement, summers off, holiday breaks, etc. This year however, I have a really rough group and I am having all kinds of issues due to stress that I don't care to deal with, so I've been thinking more about the future and what I want to do. All of my bow money is like my spending money, so that's nice to have-if I didn't work, it'd turn into bill money so I'd have to sacrifice my shopping addiction-haha.

My bows are definitely a full time job. I get home from school and work out, fix dinner, hang out with the kids until about 7-8:00 and then I head down to my room until about 1am just to stay somewhat caught up on orders. I'm a night owl, so that part doesn't bother me, it's all of the stress from the day that is wearing me down. Especially on days like today when I had a stressful day at work with 4-5 year olds and then I come home to a 2.5 and 4 year old who both had gymnastics and who both didn't listen worth crap and it is hard to just relax and get away from it. I would ideally at least like to work at home until the kids are in school, but if I did that, I'd have to add a lot of variety and that's just what I don't have time for. It's a big decision because I can work on things like that in the summer, but then I run into the chance that I will get behind when school starts back up, so I wish I had a better plan, but if this year continues like it is, I may have an easy decision about figuring out a way to stay home
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I quit my full time career as an Advertising Sales Account Executive about 3 1/2 half years ago after I moved from Florida to Texas. I tried to work for a month for Katy Magazine but they were very prissy and stuck up people.
I then said forgot this, I am going to figure out a way to be home for my two children one of which at the time needed to go to school for 4 hours every day in ppcd for mild autism.
I had already been selling on Ebay for years, then I opened my website, and then an Etsy Store. I started doing craft show about a year and half ago as well. I think anyone can make it working from home if they have desire and support of there family. I would not quit your day job though if you really need the income weekly as online ordesr can come and go. I would try selling from home as you work and when you get to point where you have established customers and some store accounts then say bye to your day job if you want to. GOOD LUCK!
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I would LOVE to, but I'm a teacher so it's really hard for me to give up the retirement, summers off, holiday breaks, etc. This year however, I have a really rough group and I am having all kinds of issues due to stress that I don't care to deal with, so I've been thinking more about the future and what I want to do. All of my bow money is like my spending money, so that's nice to have-if I didn't work, it'd turn into bill money so I'd have to sacrifice my shopping addiction-haha.

My bows are definitely a full time job. I get home from school and work out, fix dinner, hang out with the kids until about 7-8:00 and then I head down to my room until about 1am just to stay somewhat caught up on orders. I'm a night owl, so that part doesn't bother me, it's all of the stress from the day that is wearing me down. Especially on days like today when I had a stressful day at work with 4-5 year olds and then I come home to a 2.5 and 4 year old who both had gymnastics and who both didn't listen worth crap and it is hard to just relax and get away from it. I would ideally at least like to work at home until the kids are in school, but if I did that, I'd have to add a lot of variety and that's just what I don't have time for. It's a big decision because I can work on things like that in the summer, but then I run into the chance that I will get behind when school starts back up, so I wish I had a better plan, but if this year continues like it is, I may have an easy decision about figuring out a way to stay home

kindergarten is hard.... I totally admire the teachers that do that all day... I know I couldnt.

maybe its time for you to take a break from the babies and do 1st or 2nd grade for a few... they then are "supposed to KNOW" how school works and it will give you a break
just a thought since you have kids so close to that kinder age it must be a PIA to go to work dealing with that all day then come home to it too
after they are both in school then you could go back to the kinders and you wouldnt have as much burn out...
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kindergarten is hard.... I totally admire the teachers that do that all day... I know I couldnt.

maybe its time for you to take a break from the babies and do 1st or 2nd grade for a few... they then are "supposed to KNOW" how school works and it will give you a break
just a thought since you have kids so close to that kinder age it must be a PIA to go to work dealing with that all day then come home to it too
after they are both in school then you could go back to the kinders and you wouldnt have as much burn out...
I've also thought about that. I am and Intervention Specialist, so I don't think that would be a problem....the biggest problem is that I'm not in a public school right now and my class is the oldest before they hit Kindergarten, so we serve two districts. In order to do K-2, I'd have to go to one of those buildings, but other than serving their kids, it would be a new job and I don't know if I want to be at the bottom of a totem pole right now. I am desperately trying to convince my DH we need to move out to AZ (my parents are there), so I thought if that ever would happen it would be a good time to try something new. I'm certified up to grade 12, but I think 2nd grade is even stretching it I do like the little ones, but yeah it's hard when I can't get away from it even at home!
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